Hi Everyone! Today’s quick idea is for Jewelry making rather than paper crafting. Something different for a change!
Here is a quick explanation of how I made my own Stone Setting tool for jewelry using Faux Bone. If you’ve never heard of this, it is a product developed by Robert Dancik and usually used as a focal piece. He also uses it for pushing shapes into metal for those of us without a hydraulic press. But I came up with a different way of using it- as a custom tool to set stones!
I have a myriad of stone setting tools. The latest I just purchased are beautiful hand made ones by Chris at Lion Forge. I’m sure in the right hands they are miraculous 😉 . My hands still are terrible however at setting even with these gorgeous tools, however I hope to one day graduate to using them! I have watched and taken classes and still I have trouble getting a smooth, tight trap of the stone underneath without slipping and marring the metal or stone itself.
So I was looking around the studio one day trying to see if I had anything that was hard yet soft/non-marring that might work. I had already tried using brass rods that I smoothed and rounded over, and that was ok but still not perfect. And I was doing something with my new bench too that is made from a hard plastic, and then I remembered Faux Bone! I grabbed some and sawed a piece into a shape that I thought would work and that would fit in my hand. A jewelry saw was fine to cut the shape, and I used a file and my jool tool to finish the smoothing process. There is also a special edger for Faux Bone that gets rid of the sharp edge along the sides. I made a few different sizes and shapes and have used them successfully to set some bezels with stones and fused glass pendants.
Here is the video where I show my tools. Sorry for the shakiness- I was hand holding my camera.